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Group Classes

Instructor: Ed Pearlman | Tuition: $150 | Ages 15+
Tuesdays: 7:30-8:30 pm | 10 Sessions: 9/24-11/26

Gain a good grounding in playing the violin through the fiddle traditions. Learn ergonomic ways to play, and enjoy some good tunes from different cultures and at different tempos. It’s easier than you probably think, and you can’t start any younger! All supporting materials will be provided at class with optional support online.

Instructor: Ed Pearlman | Tuition: $150 | Ages 15+
Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm | 10 Sessions: 9/24-11/26

In this class, we’ll learn (or take a tour of) a new fiddle tune each week (other instruments welcome) by ear, phrase by phrase, with tips on note patterns and style. We’ll allow time in each class for review and for playing tunes together that were learned in previous classes, as well as play a few tunes chosen by students in a mini-session. Backup material, including sheet music and audio, will be available online for practice and review.

Instructor: Eric LaPerna | Tuition: $135 | Ages 14+
Thursdays: 7:30 – 9:00 pm | 6 Sessions: 9/19, 9/26, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/11

The Middle Eastern Ensemble will work on Turkish, Arabic and Armenian music from the folk, classical and Sufi traditions. This class is for teenagers and adults who are at an intermediate to advanced level on their instrument. The ensemble will feature traditional instruments like the oud (fretless lute), nay (reed flute), and percussion, as well as woodwinds, bowed instruments, bass, guitar and accordion. At the end of each 6-week session there will be a public performance of the pieces the class has been working on.

Instructor: John Bennett | Tuition: $210 | Ages 9+
Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 pm | 14 Sessions: 9/12-12/19

Cello Choir is a cello ensemble class devoted to playing musical compositions and arrangements of 4 or more separate parts. We will use one third of the class time to practice and improve our sight reading skills, and the rest of the time to learn and rehearse several pieces to be performed at the end to the Summer Session. All of the music will be provided by the instructor. Come and enjoy the voices of cellos singing together!

Instructor: Eleanor Lehmann | Tuition: $150 | Ages  8+
Fridays: 4-5:15 pm | 8 Sessions: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1

This class will introduce beginning musicians to the joys of playing music in a small group, such as a duet (two), to a larger group (quartet). We will learn the importance of listening to others in the ensemble – how the melodies pass from one to another in the group and how rhythm plays an important part of holding it all together.

Prerequisite: Placement Audition on September 6th. Materials will be provided by the instructor.

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Director: Laura del Sol Jiménez | Tuition: $900 | Ages: 8th grade-high school
Saturdays:  starts 9 am | 10 Sessions: 10/5-12/14

Maine’s only college preparatory music program accepts students in 8th grade and above. Students admitted to the Karger program are provided with a comprehensive music education that will prepare them for college, university, or conservatory studies following high school.

Students receive instruction in music theory, ear training, music history and literature, as well as solo and chamber music coaching and performance.

Group piano classes are available for non-pianists.

Application and audition required.

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Instructor: Deirdre Oehrtmann | Tuition: PCM Students $75; Non-PCM Students $75 | Ages 4+
Fridays: 6 Sessions: 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22

Fridays

Level I: Pre-Twinkle to Lightly Row, 4:30-5 pm
Level II: Song of the Wind to Andantino, 5-5:45 pm
Level III: Etude through Book 2, 5:30-6:15 pm

A staple of the Suzuki method is the experience of performing with other students. Similar to a sports team, the Suzuki group experience is based on being a team that plays the “game” after skills are developed. Musical depth advances by drawing upon shared learning experiences with others. It provides opportunities to observe other students as they progress as well as developing friendships and support. This also applies to parents, as they are expected to attend as well.

Suzuki group classes are more involved than other group offerings at PCM. Students are required to be studying privately with a SAA-trained Suzuki teacher and reviewing the Suzuki repertoire. Students may be studying with a member of the PCM Suzuki faculty or with a Suzuki teacher from other studios outside PCM.

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Instructor: April Massy | Tuition: demo classes free of charge | Ages Infants-5 years
Mondays | 3 sessions: 10/7, 11/4, 12/2

Infants-2 years: 10:00-10:30 am
3 years-5 years: 11:00-11:45 am

The Early Childhood Music program is for infants to five years old with parent participation.  The program provides children with experience activities that prepare them for development in rhythmic and singing skills and instill in them a sensitivity to the expressive qualities of music.

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Choral Groups

Instructor: Maria Belva | Tuition $200 | Grades: 2-4
Tuesday: 4:45-5:45 pm | 9/10-12/17

This group is a primary level choral experience for girls in grades 2-4. Members of this group eventually become members of Bella Canta, and then the Iris Ensemble. Choir members will learn to sing together as a group, learn fundamentals of musicianship, and proper singing technique.

Through a wide variety of age-appropriate vocal repertoire, members will also learn how to sing expressively and with technical accuracy.

Singing in a choir requires group and individual effort and encourages musical, academic, social, and emotional growth. A full concert will be presented with Bella Canta, the Iris Ensemble, and the Boy Singers of Maine.

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Instructor: Maria Belva | Tuition: $200 | Grades: 5-8
Tuesdays: 6:00-7:15 pm | 9/10-12/17

Members of Bella Canta continue to develop the foundational skills laid out in the Skylarks. Bella Canta focuses on a high level of choral music with higher expectations in the areas of musicianship, vocal usage, and part singing, while singing with technical accuracy and expressiveness.

Through a wide variety of age-appropriate vocal repertoire and careful attention paid to the vocal changes of adolescence, members train to become members of the Iris Ensemble. Singing in a choir requires group and individual effort and encourages musical, academic, social, and emotional growth.

A full concert will be presented with the Skylarks, the Iris Ensemble, and the Boy Singers of Maine.

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Instructor: Maria Belva | Tuition: $200 | Grades 9-12
Mondays: 6:00-7:30 pm | 9/9-12/16

Members of the Iris Ensemble (grades 9-12) develop all musical and performance goals outlined in the Skylarks and Bella Canta. With an emphasis on the highest level of choral singing and repertoire, members perform a varied and wide-ranging body of choral music.

The Iris Ensemble provides an example to the Skylarks and Bella Canta through the demonstration of excellent technical and expressive singing and high-level musical performance. Singing in a choir requires group and individual effort and encourages musical, academic, social, and emotional growth.

A full concert will be presented with the Skylarks, Bella Canta, and the Boy Singers of Maine.

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Instructor: Christian Giddings | Tuition: $200 | Grades 2-4
Wednesdays: 4:30-5:30 pm | 9/11-12/18

Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 PM | 9/11/19 – 12/18/19This group is a primary level choral experience for grades 2-4. Members of this group eventually become members of Cambiata and then the GentSingers. All members will learn to sing together as a group, learn how to read music, and learn how to sing with technical and expressive accuracy.

Through a wide variety of age-appropriate vocal repertoire, members will also learn how to sing safely and correctly. Singing in a choir requires group and individual effort and encourages musical, academic, social, and emotional growth.

A full concert will be presented with Cambiata, the Gentsingers, and the Girl Singers of Maine.

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Instructor: Christian Giddings | Tuition: $200 | Grades 5-8
Wednesdays: 6:00-7:15 pm | 9/11-12/18

Members of Cambiata continue to develop, through the choral experience, the foundational skills laid out in the Choristers (grades 5-8). Cambiata focuses on a high level of choral music with higher expectations in the areas of musicianship, vocal usage, and part singing, all while continuing to learn how to master reading music and singing with technical and expressive accuracy.

Through a wide variety of age-appropriate vocal repertoire and careful attention paid to the changing voice, members train to become members of the GentSingers. Singing in a choir requires group and individual effort and encourages musical, academic, social, and emotional growth.

A full concert will be presented with the Choristers, the GentSingers, and the Girl Singers of Maine.

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Instructor: Christian Giddings | Tuition: $200 | Grades 9-12
Wednesdays: 6:00-7:15 pm | 9/11-12/18

Members of the GentSingers develop all musical and performance goals outlined in the Choristers and Cambiata. With an emphasis on the highest level of choral singing and repertoire, members perform a varied and wide-ranging body of choral music.

The GentSingers provide an example to the Choristers and Cambiata through the demonstration of technical and expressive singing and high-level musical performance. Singing in a choir requires group and individual effort and encourages musical, academic, social, and emotional growth.

A full concert will be presented with the Choristers, Cambiata, and the Girl Singers of Maine.

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Instructor: Maria Belva | Tuition: $150 | Grades: K-1
Mondays: 5:00-5:30 pm | 9/9-12/16

NEW!!!! Choral Experience for Children in Kindergarten and First Grade

The TREBLES is for both boys and girls. Children will learn age-appropriate songs with movement. A performance will take place at the end of the semester for family and friends.

Please email Maria Belva for more information about this new choral experience.

Jazz Studies Program

Instructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $150 | Ages: 12-19
Wednesdays: 5:00–6:00 pm | 10 Sessions: 9/25-12/4

This improvisation class is for traditional jazz instrumentation of bass, drums, piano, guitar, brass and woodwinds. It’s best for intermediate students developing jazz improvisation skills.

Students improvise on jazz standards and then incorporate more contemporary jazz material. A performance at the end of the class is planned, as well as master classes with local musicians.

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Instructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $150 | Ages: 12-19
Wednesdays: 5:00-6:00 pm | 10 Sessions: 9/25-12/4

This improvisation class is for players with some prior experience in a jazz band or jazz combo who want to learn to improvise in both traditional and non-traditional styles.

The class focuses on improvising on standard and contemporary jazz material. An intro to jazz composition, free jazz improv and group improv along with an end of session performance are planned.

Master classes with local musicians are incorporated.

Audition required.

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Instructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $150 | Ages: 18+
Wednesdays: 6:00-7:00 pm | 10 Sessions: 9/25-12/4

This improvisation class is for adults who play traditional jazz instruments or strings at an intermediate level and who can read basic melodies or learn by ear.

The class introduces students to standards and jazz blues charts. An introduction to free jazz improv and group improv leads to an end of session performance.

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Instructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $150 | All Ages
Wednesdays: 7:00-8:00 pm | 10 Sessions: 9/25-12/4

This course covers jazz theory from basic chords and scales to chord substitutions and altered scales.

The focus is on aural understanding with the use of recorded samples and demonstrations on piano or saxophone.

An introduction to basic jazz composition concepts is also introduced.

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Instructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $150 | All Ages
Wednesdays: 8:00-9:00 pm | 10 sessions: 9/25-12/4

This is an informal survey of jazz from the early days of New Orleans right up to the present day in New York City and Europe.
The focus is on listening to recordings and discussing developments and influences.

The bulk of the course will cover early Be Bop to the present day including free jazz and the loft scene.

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